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Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry "I'm tired of helping others enjoy God." "I just want to enjoy God for myself." With this painful admission, Ruth Haley Barton invites us to an honest exploration of what happens when spiritual leaders lose track of their souls. Weaving together contemporary illustrations with penetrating insight from the life Each chapter includes a spiritual practice to ensure your soul gets the nourishment it needs. Forging and maintaining a life-giving connection with God is the best choice you can make for yourself and for those you lead.
Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus: A Journey Through the Lands and Lessons of Christ Imagine following Jesus along the road, listening in on his conversations, and gleaning from the lessons he taught in the holy places he traveled. Join author Wayne Stiles as he walks in the steps of Jesus: through Bethlehem, Samaria, Jerusalem, Nazareth, Galilee, and beyond. Experience the places where Jesus met a lonely woman in Samaria, a den of hypocrites in the Temple, a Jerusalem Pharisee still searching for truth, fishermen with a sea of false expectations, and a hometown ashamed of him. Entering the Holy land through the settings, sights, and sounds of Stiles's engaging travelogue, readers will not only discover more about these sacred places, but also learn practical lessons that will find their way into their hearts. And ultimately, prepare them for their own encounter with Christ
Water from a Deep Well Christian Spirituality from Early Martyrs to Modern Missionaries Gerald Sittser opens to us the rich history of spirituality, letting us gaze at the practices and stories of believers from the past who had the same thirst for God that we do today. As we see their deep faith through his vibrant narratives, we may discover that old ways can bring new life to our own spirituality.
I have both known and worked with Jean in a variety of ways since 2005. She has always demonstrated a professionalism and servant/leader mentality. She is a gifted leader, communicator, and administrator - a balance not often found in an individual. Steve Stratos Portland, Oregon
Jean has been a leader in the area of leadership development and ministry effectiveness for quite some time. Her work with leaders across the country has had a profound impact. I have personally benefited from her visionary leadership and tools. An-yone who has the chance to work with her and learn from her will truly be blessed and further equipped to advance the Kingdom. Mary Sue Campbell Chicago, IL
From the moment I met Jean Milliken she encouraged me to use the gifts God has given me to encourage others. She modeled for me a disciple-maker's life and encourage me to study the life of Christ as a basis for making disciples. With Jean's encouragement and supply of resources, I took the same material we were going through to another group of younger women and we had our own group. Shelly Suth Bonney Lake, WA
Jean is a woman who exudes wisdom, loyalty, compassion, depth, integrity and delightful personality. She is a strong leader, strategic thinker and excels as a director, pastor, teacher, equipper, coach, and team player. Jackie Redmond Knoxville, TN
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Jean understands and practices “making disciples who make disciples” better than anyone I know. Her relationships are purposeful in this regard, either by strengthening someone in their faith walk or by encouraging them to strengthen the walk of another. She readily shares her own spiritual journey and lessons learned out of the Word, but conveys an expectancy that I will share as well. Jean’s love of God’s Word extends beyond herself as she has a deep desire for others to grow in knowledge of the truth as well. She has taught me to draw this out in others by asking questions that go beyond surface interaction. I can truly say she has mentored me into becoming a mentor. Jeanette Danielian Dallas, OR
Jean is an accomplished public speaker who has a gift for sharing the truth of God's Word with authority and passion. I have had the privilege of knowing Jean since 2004 and would highly recommend her public speaking skills and her ability to present her messages with joy, love, clarity, truth, and passion! Jan Dwyer-Bang Sumner, WA
I have attended and hosted Soul Thirst Disciple Making Encounters. Both times the gatherings were very enriching! I loved meeting other women to pray, read, and study from the Bible and to share and apply to our life experiences. It was amazing to learn and discuss how we can all grow in Christ in our day-to-day lives. Melanie Frieberg Auburn, WA
Jean's love for God’s Word and her Savior Jesus Christ ignited my soul and created a thirst that still flames today. Jean has a unique ability to dig deep into the Word and extract treasure that is relevant and pertinent in today's messy world. I can honestly say she created a soul thirst that these many years later thrives and has spread to others in mentoring and discipleship relationships. Linda Bourie Massachusetts
Soul Thirst leads you to understand how to follow the model that Christ laid out in scripture and prepares you to reproduce spiritually (like HE did) in your own circle of influence. This is key relational training that is not necessarily taught in church curricu-lum and valuable to anyone who wants to learn to be a disciple maker. Diane Schukar Auburn, WA
For three years, Jean served as Director of Women’s Ministry for Sonlife. She is a gifted leader and talented trainer and speaker. She fully understands “disciple making” and does a great job of training leaders in this area. I highly commend Jean to your church, leader’s retreat, or ministry for a variety of areas of expertise. Dr. Dann Spader Founder Sonlife
For as long as I have been a follower of Jesus, I've wanted to make Him known to others. Only in my adulthood have I realized that Jesus set up a process for His followers to enter into real relationships. Making disciples who make disciples is a process of multiplication. My time at a recent Soul Thirst Encounter provided a unique opportunity for me to hone in on that passion, and to engage this world with the truth of Jesus. It was refreshing to open the Word with a group of women and dialogue about what it looks like to hear the Shepherd's voice in our daily lives, and what it means to structure our days with margins so that we can be open to the Holy Spirit's interaction and direction. I fully support the work of Soul Thirst because the Lord continues to use this ministry in my life to bring great encouragement to my faith, while simplifying my focus to follow Him as He gives me discipleship opportunities with my family, neighborhood, and community. Kim Satterthwaite Portland, OR
I am thankful to Jean for her spiritual mentoring and discipling in my life. God has gifted me to be equipped through her leadership and I am actively discipling others with all that she has taught me. I will continue to make myself present when she speaks or trains people through SoulThirst Disciplemaking. Kelly Riffle Chandler, AZ
At 22 years of age, I began leading a young marrieds’ ministry in my church and was desperate for mentoring for myself in this new role. The mentoring provided me with some intense scripture-based disciple-making skills, all based on the life of Jesus. It was this teaching that was by far the most beneficial to me during those early years in my church leadership roles. Now, a mother of six children, I continue to be impacted by the strategic intentional time that she has invested in me. Jennifer Skipper Keizer, OR
Making disciples isn’t something we do; it’s a lifestyle we adopt as obedient followers of Christ. Many believers are intimidated by the idea of disciplemaking because they wrongly believe that they need a PhD in theology before they can come alongside someone and invest in their spiritual growth. Jean’s motivational, encouraging, and compelling teaching style inspires folks to live out their missional calling and reflect Christ’s heart as they follow His disciple-making strategy. Jeff Poush Salem, OR
Jean Milliken played a huge role in my life as she met with me regularly and discipled me during my last year at Moody Bible Institute. She took me on a trip to Costa Rica, and taught me the strategies of Christ, and I realized that I could make my life a movement of disciple making. Everyone wants to change the world with their lives. God showed me through Jean and the Sonlife training that this was how I was supposed to change my world, one disciple at a time.
I graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 2000 and I’ve had the privilege of duplicating what Jean taught me. Now I'm pouring into and mentoring other young women. Jean continues to be in my life as a mentor and resource. Her life always seemed to say, "Follow me as I follow Christ" and I truly pray that mine does the same. Caye VanZandt Battle Creek, MI
Sometimes I think those of us who grow up in the church get a little dry, stale, or stuck. Things become routine—the word “disciple” gets thrown around in the circles we are in and we lose sight as to what a disciple truly is. Through Jean’s teaching at a leadership retreat and another Soul Thirst Encounter I have attended, I have seen in my life a stirring, a thirst, to not only become a better disciple but to encourage those around me to dig deep in the Word, to learn to obey and to follow whole heartedly after the Almighty God, my Savior, the Prince of Peace, my Abba Father. All of this from one simple question Jean had asked “Who is pouring into you, and who are you pouring into?” Kristi Pierce Salem, OR
Jean Milliken Jean has a passion to make fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ. Her desire is to see that men and women are at their maximum with regards to their spiritual gifts expressed in the local church with their energies focused on impacting and reaching their communities with the life changing truth of Jesus. Jean is the Executive Director and Founder of Soul Thirst DiscipleMaking Minis-try in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Jean has also served as: Executive Pastor and Pastor to Women in Ministry at Grace Community Church in Auburn, Washington National & North America Director of Women in Ministry at Sonlife Leadership Ministry in Chicago, Illinois National CB America Women in Ministry Director based in Littleton, Colorado Director of Women’s Ministries at First Baptist Church in Salem, Oregon. Jean has spoken in 31 states and Canada doing conferences and seminars. They include: Beth Moore Leadership Conference LEAD, Seattle, Washington. (February 2015) Legacy Ministry Conference, Indiana (March 2015) CRISTA Ministries Leadership Conferences, Seattle, Washington. SONLIFE Leadership Campus, Greater Chicago area, Illinois The Cove Billy Graham Training Center, Asheville, North Carolina. Ridgecrest Christian Conference Center, BlueRidge Mountains, North Carolina. Mount Hermon Christian Retreat Center, Northern California. Multnomah Bible College Leadership Conference, Portland, Oregon. Methodist SonLife Leadership Conference, Singapore. SonLife Leadership Training/Equipping Retreat, Costa Rica. Jean and her husband, Dan, have two grown married children and two grandchildren who also live in the Pacific Northwest. VISION Connecting People to the Life and Mission of Jesus MISSION Equipping people of all generations to live out both the passion and priorities of Jesus by making disciples. (John 14:12) DOCTRINAL STATEMENT ARTICLE I—GOD We believe that there is only one God, who is holy, perfect, just, and eternal. He exists as one God in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God made all of creation for His glory and planned to redeem a peo-ple for Himself even before time began. Deuteronomy 4:35 | Isaiah 46:9-10 | Titus 2:13-14 | Titus 1:2 ARTICLE II—THE BIBLE We believe that the Bible is comprised of both the Old and New Testaments and is the very Word of God. Each book is written by a human author who was inspired by the Holy Spirit. The Bible in its original manu-scripts is without error. The Bible reveals God’s plan for salvation and has the final say in everything. God’s Word is to be believed, obeyed, and trusted. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | 2 Peter 1:20-21 | Hebrews 4:12 | Psalm 19:7-11 | John 17:17 ARTICLE III—HUMANITY AND CREATION We believe that God made male and female in His image to worship and enjoy Him on a perfect earth. The first human beings, Adam and Eve, were tempted and chose to disobey God. As a result, all of creation fell from its perfect state, and corruption entered the world. Every person is now bent toward disobedience to the Creator, fully sinful and depraved. It is only through the provision of Jesus Christ on the cross that any person can be rescued from this depravity. One day, God will make all things right again, as He intended from the beginning. Until then, all of creation groans as it waits in expectation. Genesis 1:26 | Romans 3:23 | Romans 5:12 | Romans 8:18-21 ARTICLE IV—JESUS CHRIST We believe that Jesus Christ is the incarnate God, fully God and fully man. He is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament prophecies. Jesus Christ was conceived through the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Although truly a human, He lived a sinless life. He was crucified by Pontius Pilate, yet arose bodily from the dead, ascended into Heaven, and now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding as High Priest and Advo-cate for those who believe in His name. Romans 8:33-34 | Hebrews 4:14-15 | John 1:14 | Luke 1:26-27 | 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 ARTICLE V—THE WORK OF CHRIST We believe that Jesus Christ selflessly served as the representative and substitute for all humanity, dying on the cross in our place. His shed blood was a once-for-all sacrifice for our sin. His death and resurrection is the only hope any person has for salvation. 1 Peter 3:18 | Philippians 2:6-8 | Romans 6:9-11 | Romans 3:23-26 | Colossians 2:13-14 ARTICLE VI—THE HOLY SPIRIT We believe that the Holy Spirit is a person of the Trinity and that everything He does brings glory to Jesus Christ. He convicts people of guilt and changes sinners into children of God. Those who have become believ-ers in Jesus Christ have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. Christians are commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit, who comforts, illuminates, equips, empowers, and guides them into all truth. Colossians 1:9-10 | Colossians 1:11-14 | Mark 1:7-8 | Acts 11:16 | Jude 1:20 | Acts 1:8 ARTICLE VII—THE CHURCH We believe that the true Church is made up of those who have put their hope in Christ alone. The Church has two ordinances—baptism and communion—which demonstrate the Gospel. The true Church is made up of many local congregations, and it is through these that God’s kingdom work is done. The purpose of para-church organizations should be to build up and better equip the local church. Ephesians 4:4-6 | 1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 | Colossians 2:19 ARTICLE VIII—CHRISTIAN LIVING We believe that God has not only justified believers through Christ, but that He wants us to bear witness to the Gospel in both our speech and actions. He calls us to live holy lives. We are to love Him with all our hearts; make disciples of all nations; care for the oppressed and needy; and study, obey, and proclaim His Word. With His Word, prayer, and union with other believers, we are to fight the forces of evil and glorify Christ on this earth. 1 John 3:16-18 | Matthew 22:37 | Matthew 28:19-20 | Ephesians 6:12 ARTICLE IX—CHRIST’S RETURN We believe that Jesus Christ is coming back to the earth. The time is known only to God and therefore re-quires continual expectancy. Christ’s promised return gives us hope for the time when He will make all things right and there will be no more pain and suffering. It also motivates us to live sacrificially for Him, to live in such a way that we may hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Luke 12:35-40 | Matthew 24:36 | Isaiah 51:11 | Matthew 25:23 ARTICLE X—RESPONSE AND ETERNAL DESTINY We believe that God requires all people to repent of their sins and put their hope in Jesus Christ. When He returns to earth, all the dead will be raised and brought before the Judgment Seat of Christ. People will be di-vided into two camps. First, there will be those condemned to hell. This group will be comprised of people who rejected Christ. They will spend their eternity separated from the God they perpetually rejected while on earth. All the good that God has created for people to enjoy will not be present in hell because God Himself will not be present. Second, there will be those who will experience the blessing and joy of living with their Lord and Savior in the new heaven and new earth. They will finally be in the presence of the God they wor-shipped throughout their mortal lives and will be united with believers from all nations. God’s name will be praised and adored forever and ever, Amen. Matthew 25:31-34 | Revelation 19:6-7 | Jude 1:24-25 | Revelation 21:1-4 SOUL THIRST Soul Thirst DiscipleMaking Ministry is a Washington State Limited Liability Company and is in the process of forming a Washington State 501c3 non-profit corporation and seeking application to the Internal Revenue Service for its nonprofit tax exempt status.